Following a three year hiatus, Seattle rapper/producer Grieves will be returning to the UK in February 2018 for his ‘Running Wild European Tour’, and is performing in Manchester on the 16th February at the Deaf Institute.
‘Running Wild’ has a modernized sound that is lush and intoxicating, pairing punchy drums with thick layers of synths and warm bass lines. Whether dark and moody or upbeat and jazzy, Grieves navigates the soundscape, penning verses that range from vulnerable and confessional to carefree.
The record offers a clear openness, both sonically and thematically which presents a new side to Grieves and his creativity as an artist. It showcases his duelling impulses to have a good time while staying true to himself. This artistic progression in Grieves offers a refreshing development in his overall sound, lyricism, and a unique journey for the listener.
While his previous efforts such as 2011’s ‘Together/Apart’, and 2014’s ‘Winter & The Wolves’ might have leaned heavily in the direction of darkness- taking on subjects such as addiction, heartbreak, and poverty, the new record introduces some much-needed levity to the proceedings.
Coinciding with the tour, Grieves has also dropped his next video from the album for the track ‘A-Okay.’ The video centres around a character who seems unable to cut loose and enjoy the good times and the company he’s surrounded by. You can watch the video below.
Grieves quoted on this, “Life is way too short to be mad at other people’s enjoyment. Go out and live a little, rent a hot tub boat, get your butt touched, whatever… Just smile!”
He will also play in London on February 17th at Birthdays.